Treasure Hill Farm is pleased to announce that Mallory Ahern, a member of Treasure Hill Farm's Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Riding Team, who competes despite significant health challenges, was awarded second place overall and Highest Placing Senior in the 2014 National Sportsmanship Award competition held by the IEA in June. Applicants were required to write a 250 word essay, demonstrate characteristics that exemplify good sportsmanship, and submit three references.

IEA is a national organization with thousands of riders from across the country. Mallory's accomplishment is a testament to her dedication and positive attitude. Mallory lives with Asperger's Syndrome. No matter where she places in a show, she is always the first to cheer on her teammates.

The Sportsmanship Award comes with a $500 scholarship and $500 in discretionary funds. Mallory has offered to donate a portion of her award back to the Treasure Hill Farm IEA Team, to help future riders enjoy the IEA experience.

With the support of her family and friends, Mallory graduated this past spring from Franklin Academy, a boarding school that serves children with non-verbal learning differences, in East Haddam. She will attend Dean College in Franklin, MA this fall.